US relief supplies arrive in North KoreaSeptember 4th, 2011 - 5:33 am ICT by IANS
Washington, Sep 4 (IANS) A cargo plane carrying emergency relief supplies from the US has arrived in North Korean capital Pyongyang to help people in flood-hit areas of the country, Xinhua reported.
Samaritan’s Purse, an international relief organisation that provides aid to victims of war, poverty, natural disaster, and disease, has been authorised by the US government to manage the relief effort.
Melvin Cheatham, an official of the organisation, said the plane was loaded with food, medicine, items for children, a water filtration system, blankets and other emergency relief supplies for people affected by heavy rains and flooding.
The Boeing 747 plane had departed from Chitose, Japan.
North Korea has suffered massive damage due to heavy rains and floods that began in July. More than 6,750 houses have been destroyed and 15,800 people left homeless.
The US said earlier $900,000 in emergency supplies would be sent to North Korea as aid.
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